The land border between Panama and Costa Rica was first closed in March 2020, with the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19. After almost a year, it’s open. Well, almost…
On February 1, Panama opened up its land borders with Costa Rica at Guabito (where most Bocas del Toro visitors enter) and Paso Canoas. Residents and tourists may enter, as long as they present a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test that was taken within 48 hours of arriving to immigration. There are currently talks of installing a testing facility at the border, for those who come without tests or present invalid tests. However, be careful to arrive with your test in order right now, because without it, you will be rejected at the border.
Costa Rica is a different story. Costa Ricans and residents of Costa Rica may enter the land border from Panama, however, it is closed until at least March 1st for everyone else. Though it is important to note that the Costa Rican border is open for anyone to exit.
So yes – after almost a year of pandemic and border closure, you are finally able to travel from Costa Rica to Bocas del Toro in a terrestrial manner. You will have to get aerial if you want to travel from Panama to Costa Rica, with a flight from Panama City to San Jose.